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Time’s Up!
NaNoWriMo is officially over. So...how did I do?

Hello everyone! Miss me? I’ve realized it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything on this blog. But at least I do have a good excuse. For those of you who missed my last post, I’ll just sum-up by saying that November was National Novel Writing Month. And like many other authors, I made …….Read More

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Project Update: Ready. Set. WRITE!
Getting ready for the NaNoWriMo marathon.

I LOVE deadlines. Yeah I know. A lot of you think that’s kind of bizarre. (And to show you just how crazy I really am, let me go ahead and admit now that I also like Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, and timed exams.) But I feel about deadlines the way a lot of people feel about….well…roller coasters. …….Read More

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Veterens, Victory Rolls, and Living History
My WW2 research took me back to Linden this year. (Research is such a good excuse!)

They were looking for a spy. The SS officer, clad in ominous black from head to toe, paced back and forth in front of us, tapping his spotless boots with a riding crop. We stood bunched in a nervous group near the street, having been rounded up from our various activities by the soldiers and herded …….Read More

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Project Update: Who’s Story Is This, Anyway?
This is What Happens When Your Characters Have Minds of Their Own

Sorry for the delay! This post was supposed to be published last Saturday, but I didn’t quite get it finished before I went gallivanting off to Linden, TN for their “Remembering WW2” event. I had a total blast though, and definitely plan to post about the reenactment in the near future! They say all writers …….Read More

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Four Letters and an Atomic Bomb:
Why I finally broke down and took a personality test.

Confession: I hate personality tests. And so I have never taken one. Until now. Some of you will have seen my Facebook post last month in which I mentioned I’d taken a personality test (a free version based on the Myers-Briggs system) despite years of prejudice against them. I promised a blog post explaining what …….Read More

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Do You Know How to Fly This Thing?
Why "Just write that book" could be as crazy as "Just fly that plane." (And what that means for Fred and Lily's Story.)

“Put down that book and learn something!” When I was a kid that sentence could easily have been addressed to me many, many times. I loved reading. Loved it with a consuming passion that the rest of the world generally reserves for other human beings, (but fellow bookworms will totally understand). Before I even reached …….Read More